Thelema Chardonnay 2016

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South African Customers:
R175.00 per bottle (incl. VAT)

International Customers:
$10.80 per bottle

  • EUR 9.24
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Aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade, blossoms and complex yeasty flavours complement the toasty oak in the wine. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and long finish.

Maturation

Good now, will develop well for 3 years.

Food Pairing

Full flavoured dishes such as lobster, tuna, chicken and pork.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Chardonnay – Clones CY3 & CY5
Root stock 101 – 14, R110
Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines Planted 1985, 1986
Plant density 3432 vines per hectare
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 12cm
Yield 7-11 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage 2016 was generally a warm and dry vintage, an exceptionally dry winter followed by a warm and windy January resulted in decreased crop levels among all varietals.
Picking date 22nd January
Grape sugar 22.0 - 22.4 °B
Acidity 6.2 g/l
pH at harvest 3.21 - 3.37
Yeasts D522
Fermentation temp 19 °C
Method De-stalked, crushed, pressed & settled in horizontal stainless steel tanks before the clear juice was fermented in 228 L French oak barrels.
Wood maturation 10 months in French oak barrels, 35% new, and the balance in 3rd/4th fill.
Battonage Barrels stirred for several months.
Second Fermentation The majority of this bottling completed malolactic fermentation in barrel
Residual Sugar 1.4 g/l
pH 3.24
Total acid 6.3 g/l
Alcohol 13.0% by volume
Maturation Drinking well now and will develop more complexity over the next 3 - 5 years.

This wine has a beautiful light straw colour. Aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade, blossoms and complex yeasty flavours complement the toasty oak in the wine. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and long finish.

All vintages:

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011